2021 BRITISH SWIMMING GLASGOW MEET
- Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 6th
- Prelims at 5:30 pm local night before/Finals at 10:00 am local
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Last Chance Olympic Qualifier
- SwimSwam Preview
- Start Lists – DRAFT
- Day 1 Prelims/Finals #1
- Day 2 Prelims/Finals #2
- Live Results
Already having secured his spot on the British Olympic roster for Tokyo, 16-year-old Jacob Whittle is getting some additional racing action in at this British Swimming Glasgow Meet. And, he’s making the most of the opportunity to try out night prelims and morning finals, just as he’ll do in Tokyo.
Competing in the prelims session this evening, Whittle produced a top-seeded effort of 48.75 in the men’s 100m freestyle. Landing lane 4 with his swim, Whittle sliced .01 off of his previous lifetime best and British Age Record for 16-year-olds. He notched the previous mark of 48.76 at the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials where he finished 4th, good enough to add his name to the lineup for this summer’s Games.
Old Record of 48.76 – 23.98/24.78
New Record of 48.75 – 24.05/24.70
For reference to just how impressive a 48.75 is from a 16-year-old, Whittle is faster than the reigning world champion in the event Caeleb Dressel was at age 16. In 2013, Dressel posted a new US 15-16 age group record of 49.28; a mark that still stands today.
With his .01 time drop, Whittle now becomes the 8th fastest performer in British history outright, whereas his previous 48.76 tied David Cumberlidge.
All-Time 100 Freestyle Ranking – Great Britain
- Duncan Scott – 47.87
- Simon Burnett – 48.20
- Matt Richards – 48.23
- Adam Brown – 48.48
- Tom Dean – 48.51
- Ben Proud – 48.52
- Lewis Edward Burras – 48.58
- Jacob Whittle – 48.75
- David Cumberlidge – 48.76
As quick as Whittle is at this young of an age, Romanian David Popovici is still faster by over half a second, owning a newly-minted lifetime best of 48.08 en route to placing 6th at the European Championships. Popovici is also just 16 years old as is known to be the fastest 100m freestyle ever worldwide for the age.